Day 3 of the 2012 Farmers Classic featured the number 2 and 3 seeds, Sam Querrey [2] and Leonardo Mayer [3].

2012 Farmers Classic Leonardo Mayer

Leonardo Mayer easily beat Flavio CIpolla 6-0, 4-0 (ret.)

Argentine Leonardo Mayer faced an ailed Flavio Cipolla, who trailed 0-6 and 0-4 called it quits due to injury. Mayer played a solid first set, ripping forehands to Cipolla’s backhand. The Dutchman was clearly not well from the start, dropping serve easily. I didn’t really see much of anything wrong with Cipolla, nothing visibly wrong with him; of course only he knows, though it seemed that he was on the brink of a double bagel and decided to bow out to avoid the humiliation. Either way, Mayer looked pretty confident regardless of what his opponent was physically feeling. Mayer now faces American Rajeev Ram. The two have never met on the ATP tour.

Sam Querrey finds comfort at the 2012 Farmers Classic

Two time champion, Sam Querrey showed exactly why he’s won the Farmers Classic twice before. Querrey simply played a confident and solid tennis game. His match tonight was his first back at the UCLA campus since 2010. In 2011 Querrey has an elbow injury; after having surgery, the American was off the tour for nearly the entire season.

Querrey found himself playing against Igor Sijsling, who the night before ousted American James Blake. The Dutchman tried his hardest to keep up with Sam, though he could not come up with the goods when he needed.

Querrey played a darn near flawless first round match, bombing 9 aces, some that Sijsling swung and missed. Querrey played a very solid opening set, breaking in the third game and again in the fifth. It was more of the same tennis in the second set, Querrey just stuck to his tennis and ripped his groundstrokes for the winner or pushed Sijsling to come up with the error.

Querrey said in his post match interview, “I feel like if I play like that, if I keep

Sam Querrey 2012 Farmers Classic

Sam Querrey presser after his win over Sijsling 6-2, 6-2

serving well and hitting my forehand big, this is my tournament to win,” said Querrey. “I feel like I play great here. I want to win, I think I can win.”

If Querrey plays the rest of his matches like he did today, he certainly has a chance to win the 2012 Farmers Classic. When asked what it would mean to him if he did win, Querrey said, “It would mean a lot to me, especially heading into the summer [hard court] season. I’ve won here before and I feel that if I win, I can work my way back into the top 20 again.”

Querrey will next face the winner of day 4’s match between Xavier Malisse and Matthew Ebden. Querrey leads Ebden 1-0 head to head, and also leads Malisse 2-0 head to head. I’d say he’s got a good chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

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